Costa Concordia captain gives safety lecture

21:01, Aug 06 2014
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Cables were used to pull the Costa Concordia upright in the water in an exercise known as parbuckling.
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Oil booms were placed around the Costa Concordia to help stop the spread of any pollution leaks during the parbuckling.
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Salvage vessels come in close to the Costa Concordia.
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The Costa Concordia became a daily eye sore for Giglio Island locals.
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People watch on as the parbuckling work was undertaken.
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Engineers check cables during the parbuckling of the Costa Concordia.
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During the final stage of the parbuckling operation the sponsons were filled with sea water to continue righting the Costa Concordia.
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The parbuckling operation went into the night.
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The severely damaged side of the Costa Concordia is visible after the parbuckling pulled the vessel upright.
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The Costa Concordia is returned to a normal upright position after a 19 hour parbuckling operation.
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The head of the parbuckling operation Nick Sloane talks with reporters after the Costa Concordia was righted.
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Three photos show the progression of the Costa Concordia from capsized to upright in 19 hours.
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Giglio residents woke Tuesday to find the Costa Concordia righted after a 19 hour parbuckling operation.
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Morning light offered a better look at the starboard side damage to the Costa Concordia.
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Rubbing against rocks for 20 months, some starboard passenger cabins were worse for wear.
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Salvage ships flank the righted Costa Concordia as plans are put in place to remove it from the rocks by mid-2014.

An Italian university professor is facing a disciplinary hearing after inviting the captain of the shipwrecked Costa Concordia cruise liner to lecture students on emergency procedures.

The dean of Rome's Sapienza University, Luigi Frati, has voiced anger at the professor's decision to invite Captain Francesco Schettino to give a seminar, calling it an "inappropriate and unworthy choice."

Frati said he was turning the matter over to an ethics committee.

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Navy officials release a wreath in front of the Costa Concordia liner to mark the second anniversary of the tragedy.
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Flowers released by a relative of a victim float on the sea next to the cruise liner.
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Thirty massive tanks filled with air will lift the hulk of the Costa Concordia off the seabed in June so it can be towed away from the Italian island of Giglio where it capsized two years ago.
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People watch the cruise liner Costa Concordia.
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The side of the cruise liner Costa Concordia is pictured during the "parbuckling" operation.
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A stone plaque bearing the names of people killed has been erected at the Giglio harbour.

The university dismissed the "pathetic excuses" offered by the professor, Vincenzo Mastronardi, when confronted by the dean.

Schettino is being tried for manslaughter, causing the shipwreck and abandoning ship over the January 2012 capsize of the Concordia, in which 32 people died.

Italy's education minister called the news "disconcerting," while the prosecutor in Tuscany who is arguing for Schettino's guilt expressed indignation also at reports that Schettino had been awarded a diploma.

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CHARGED: The former captain of the Costa Concordia luxury cruise ship Francesco Schettino.

The Florence daily La Nazione reported that Schettino gave a nearly two-hour lecture to criminal science masters candidates last month, including reference to panic management. Passengers have described a chaotic evacuation of the Concordia.

Schettino, through his lawyer, defended the seminar, saying it was "a technical intervention on the basis of my knowledge and professionalism acquired over many years of service."

His lawyer, Cataldo Calabretta, criticised "an unacceptable attempt to discredit Schettino, who has been subjected for a long time already to unmerited media attacks."

The Concordia was towed from its Tuscan graveyard last month to Genoa's port where it will be turned into scrap.

During a search of the ship on Wednesday, authorities found some bone fragments that they said could belong to the one person still unaccounted for from the tragedy: Indian waiter Russel Rebello.

They said the bones could also belong to an Italian passenger whose partial, mutilated remains were found some months ago.

AP